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Create the Perfect Hideaway for your Testy Teenager

Gone are the days of fairies, sail boats and farm yard animals. Now are the days of football stars, girl bands, rappers and WAGs. Teenagers and their tastes are a complicated, ever changing and difficult to identify topic which makes designing their room somewhat of a challenge. To try and create a room that both of you are pleased with it is advisable to try and involve them in the design process as much as possible and perhaps even provide them with a budget as a lesson in responsibility and finances.

Try and get them to gather together pictures of their favourite rooms, places, clothes etc and even encourage them to draw a picture of their dream room. Once you have a good idea of the kind of style they want to achieve follow these steps to ensure that, however whacky their imagination, they will be able to live with the style for a number of years:


It is highly likely that your teenager will want a very bright or very dark colour within their room; perhaps shocking pink, pillar box red, black or purple. However dramatic and effective these colours are they will act to darken and enclose a space. Consequently, agree to use this colour to make a feature wall behind their bed and paint the other walls a softer, brighter shade. Alternatively, opt for wallpaper that has a white or pale background yet is patterned by their choice in colours: this will give the desired impact whilst keeping the walls generally light and open.

If, however, your troublesome teen demands a completely black or completely pink bedroom there are some more subtle tweaks you can do to reduce the impact. For example, be sure to keep the skirting board, cornice, window frame and ceiling white and team these with a light carpet or laminate flooring that will help to reinstate that sense of space. Similarly, try and use white or very light bedding, curtains and furniture which, if done correctly, will create a funky combination that your teenager will like.


It is guaranteed that your teenager will opt for a strong design style incorporating as much as they can about their personality. Don’t deny them of this expression; after all it is their personal space, but do be sure to place these more expressive parts in areas that can be quickly changed or adapted as their character and personality develops. For example; keep skulls, MUFC emblems, sequins and fur to scatter cushions, bedding, lampshades and photo frames. Consider buying artist’s canvasses and stretching fabric over them as a versatile, funky yet bold statement. Try and encourage your teens to frame their posters as not only will these make a greater impact it will also protect their walls from blu-tac marks.


To make your teens room a place they will definitely want to bring their friends to hang out in why not finish the scheme with some gadgets and novelty pieces. For example why not add an egg chair, sofa bed, flat screen television, disco ball or full length mirror to act as the central focal point within the room. These extra pieces will not only help to bring the scheme together but they will also make your teenager proud of their room and hopefully encourage them to keep it as clutter free as possible!

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